Block B’s Interview in Thailand

With Block B‘s recent visit to Thailand, the popular news source RYT9 sat down with the young men for an extensive interview about the group’s background, current activities and more.

What’s getting viewers around the world riled up is Block B’s playful attitude and a variety of comments they made throughout the video that came across as rude and insensitive, as they were standing on tables and posing like crazy

The interview begins with the members still getting settled with the interview, with one member even sprawling himself across the coffee table. Then at 3:40, Block B was asked about the origins of their group name. After leader Zico explained, he turned to the translator and stated, “You know this!

At the 9:15 mark, the interviewer asked, “What separates you from other Korean hip-hop artists?” Zico then said, “If you look at hip-hop artists, they’re very ugly. But we feel confident in our technical abilities.” The other members burst out laughing at Zico’s response, and P.O slid back on the couch, pushing his legs up into the air and clapped his hands and feet together in unison. Zico continued, “And sometimes we have crazy clowns like him.” U-Kwon continued laughing and suddenly stood up and started dancing around, followed by a loud monkey imitation as he swung his arms and screeched.

What has really gripped the attention and anger of viewers was the group’s commentary on the recent flooding in Thailand. At the 12:32 mark, the interviewer brought up the crisis, to which Zico replied, “I know that many people have it hard due to the flood. With this monetary aid, we hope that you will feel better. The only thing we have is money.” To this, another member chimed in, asking how much money Zico had, to which the leader answered, “About 7000 won?” which is roughly $6 USD. The other members laughed again.

This joking about the flooding however wasn’t as amusing for Korean netizens as it was seen as insensitive. This interview seems to have made it’s way to Nichkhun who is similarly unimpressed. He wrote the tweet below and it was followed by tweets from his fellow members Junho and Chansung.

Chansung: Even though carelessness may seem like something that happens inevitably depending on the situation even when you try your best not to, if you don’t pay attention to others and hurt them and act like there’s noone as great as myself that is careless. This is beyond a mistake and just proves that you’re that type of person. Have some shame.
Junho: I won’t say who it is but those actions and that attitude is embarrassing as a fellow Korean. I wish they’d learn that one bad action doesn’t affect just themselves but also dirties those around them. It’s something I’m saying as a person and a sunbae.
Nichkhun: As a Thai person I am offended by those who would speak about the Thailand floods without thinking. Also instead of coming to Thailand and acting mindlessly, please respect the country’s manners, and only act in a way that is proper.

Tiger JK was there to give some words of support for Nichkhun though..

However BBC’s have stuck by the boys and fans says: “It’s time to forgive and forget.” and “They probably didn’t mean it, and they are also humans, we all make mistakes”. In the meantime the Block B members themselves have been confronted with their own behavior by watching the interview and comments themselves and have started sending out their apologies.
Member Taeil was the first to reveal his apology through the group’s fancafe. After him, the others followed, sending out messages such as “We were not aware of the seriousness of the situation. We were too rude and we are reflecting on our actions. Again, I am apologizing. We are sorry.” (Kyung), “To the citizens of Thailand, I am truly sorry” (Jaehyo), and “I lacked common sense through my words and actions. For that, I truly sincerely apologize” (Zico).

I’m Sorry.

I’ll be the very first to give words of apology.

Even before this Thailand’s interview, there have been many words asking if we aren’t too free-spirited.
I think that despite being authorized to show this side to the public, we did not heed the small warnings, instead acting as if it was our merit, and caused this result.
I believe that every member was foolish.

I watched the Thailand interview video through the fans’ SNS messages and more.
Honestly, I was very surprised. I thought, “Those people in that video are us..
We were doing this media interview in such an irreverent manner” and I felt very ashamed.
I could really understand why people are saying that Block B is disgracing the country.

I, who was distracted with other things during the interview and overlooking rather than controlling the younger member’s behaviors, bow my head once again and give my apologies.

I will work harder than ever before. I will work harder and compensate through better music.
To the victims of the Thailand flood and our fans, I would like to apologize to everyone again.

We’ll show a more mature and humble Block B and Taeil. I’m sorry.

And Leader Zico’s apology.

With our crooked manners and behaviors beyond our common sense, we truly apologize in causing uproar in regards to the residents of Thailand who hadn’t necessarily come out of the shock of the flood.

Despite being an adult, we’re very embarrassed that we not only behaved absurdly or in such suggestive manner, but that we did not reckon the national disaster it had caused as well as the hearts of the victims of the flood.

From sitting while leaning against the sofa to shaking our legs and having side conversations with the members throughout the interview, as a public figure, we think that we cannot excuse ourselves in any way nor receive any form of forgiveness in that we could not differentiate the lines between acting freely to acting purely on our own desires, thoughtlessly trying to liven up the atmosphere in which we couldn’t control, and that we made a mistake in ruining the image we have of our country to those in Thailand today.

I am currently truly reflecting over my actions as I apologize in bowing my head again.

I apologize for my disrespectful interview in that I have caused another wound on top of the already existing scar and that I am ashamed. I’m sorry and sorry again.

Here are their apologies:

Jihoon’s apology http://twitpic.com/8m2aw6 http://twitpic.com/8m2axa
Jaehyo’s apology http://twitpic.com/8m2a71
Taeil’s apology http://twitpic.com/8m287p http://twitpic.com/8m288o
Zico’s agology http://twitpic.com/8m26um http://twitpic.com/8m26va
Minhyuk’s apology http://twitpic.com/8m27fy
Kyung’s apology http://twitpic.com/8m2cww
U-KWON’s apology http://twitpic.com/8m26i3

Translations:
P.O.

I apologize for our hurtful attitudes and our manners to all Thai fans and [South Korean] citizens who have given us so much love.

I’m very sorry that I acted in a childish, unreasonable manner throughout the entire interview.

It was an act that ignored the boundary between freedom and the line of decency. Again, I apologize to Thai citizens and fans.

We will deeply reflect upon our mistakes that led to a damaged national image and and the image of its artists.

I feel that we’ve shown so much unreasonable attitudes and actions so we bow deeply in apology.

In the future, as a public servant, we will work hard to show a more mature image. Learning from this event, we will act more conscientiously and responsibly as a South Korean artist.

Zico

I deeply apologize for my unreasonable attitude and creating a controversy due to my childish actions and not taking into account the huge pain and suffering of the Thai people due to the flood damage.

Although I’ve already become an adult, I feel so ashamed of my mistaken comment that did not consider the feelings of the many casualties of the flood and the national psyche.

I believe that no matter what excuse we give, our actions during the interview – sitting cross-legged on the sofa, chatting with members, damaging South Korea’s image abroad, and being unable to differentiate the line between what is right and what is wrong – were unforgivable.

I bow once again to apologize for our actions.

We are sorry that, thanks to our inconsiderate interview, we gave an injury to a not yet healed scar. I am incredibly ashamed. Sorry and sorry again.

U-Kwon

We feel incredibly ashamed that we disappointed with our inconsiderate Thailand interview.

We apologize to all of the Thai citizens who suffered massive damages due to the flood.

Also, we apologize to the citizens of South Korea for failing to uphold the national image thanks to our dishonorable actions.

Watching the interview clip, we are feeling the mistakes that we have made and reflecting deeply.

We apologize once again and Block B will work hard to prevent repeating these inconsiderate and disrespectful actions.

B-Bomb

I apologize from the bottom of my heart.

Apart from being public servants, I apologize for not stopping the actions of my fellow members as the older brother and creating a controversy out of our actions which were against basic manners.

Although we should have shown much more respect and manners asas a Korean, we apologize again for disappointing our fans and Thai citizens with our inconsiderate actions.

We will reflect and reflect some more upon our actions. We apologize.

We will work hard to become a Block B which will not make these mistakes again.

Taeil

First, I would like to say sorry.

There were many people saying, even before this interview, whether or not Block B was too free-willed, and we believe it is our fault that we did not listen to the criticism, however minute, and acting as though it was our strong point, despite being public servants in the eye of the whole nation. All of the members were immature.

I was honestly surprised when our fans sent us the interview clip through SNS [social networking services]. We are the people in the video…we were the disrespectful ones in that interview, I thought, and was filled with shame. I really could sympathize with those saying that we put South Korea to shame.

I once again apologize for both my refusal to control the actions of my younger brothers, and not paying attention to the interview.

I will work harder. I will work harder and repay everyone with better music. To our fans, Thai flood survivors, and everyone, we apologize again.

We will become a more mature Block B, and a more respectful Taeil. Sorry.

Kyung

Hello, this is Block B’s Park Kyung.

I don’t have anything to say other than sorry.

We know that whatever we say, it will only be excuses.

All of our actions, from the beginning to the end of the interview, from our members’ immature actions and the joking, and our statements disregarding the severity of the incident, were out of line and we are ashamed and reflecting upon our mistakes.

We bow our heads again in apology.

Jaehyo

We deeply apologize to the citizens of Thailand.

Also, we are very sorry to South Korea for degrading the nation’s image and shaming them.

We apologize for making people uncomfortable with our lack of respect and playful attitude.

Although I should’ve been the example to the younger members, I apologize for not being able to fulfill that role.

I could have set the interview on the right track, but I was irresponsible and participated in the proceedings and I apologize for embarrassing everyone watching the video.

I am reflecting upon my shameful actions and lack of basic manners during an interview and looking back upon myself. There are no excuses, nor explanations necessary.

I am thinking deeply about this huge mistake and will act with more thought in the future.

I apologize.

 

In my opinion, i think that it has blown way out of proportion. Of course anyone would get angry if someone made a statement about it however they have said their apologies and have not tried to shy away from what they have done, I also think that they have recognized their mistakes even though their actions was not excusable , but as humans we make mistakes and we learn from them, this makes us better people. But this is just my opinion..comment below and tell us what you think??

Jeremy

Founder of K-pop news site kpopconcerts.com

3 Comments
  1. I’ve only heard about this issue bits n bobs online but since your article is nicely presented, it was very informative! Keep up the good work :)!

  2. I’m sure by now, you would have heard of the mistranslations and misunderstandings over what Block B actually said in the interview, and the talk of them changing their concept. I really hope Block B don’t change their concept, because when watching them online, seeing them being funny and immature was really nice. I really like seeing that in an idol, and I’m praying that they won’t change that. What they did was wrong, but I think they’re really sorry for it. I think they should learn to be respectful when the situation calls for it, and be themselves when it’s acceptable. But no matter what, I hope Block B don’t change, because it was their way of joking around that made them unique. I don’t want them to be the type of band that just sits there and does nothing (though many groups doesn’t, but I’m sure there are some…somewhere .__.”) I’m not going to excuse their actions by saying OH YEAH, THAT’S JUST THEM BEING THEM, because Zico didn’t mean to insult Thailand, and I don’t think he did, it was misunderstanding and bad mistranslation, but I can see why people would be angry because they didn’t behave as they should have. What they did was wrong, and from all their apologies and posts, I know that they’re reflecting over it. ^_^ Erm and incase anyone asks, yes, I’ve read the actual translations, yes, I’ve seen the interview and the various different versions OF the interview, and yes I’m a BBC. But even if I wasn’t I think death threats and petitions for them to disband is going too far. For Block B to disband, in many people’s eyes that would be the cowardly thing to do, but staying and focusing on improving themselves both musically and as a person, I think that’s really brave. And I’m proud of them. It hurts me to see them sad, and it hurts me to see people leaving their fanbase, but at least they now know that there are still many willing to stay, despite the mistakes they’ve made.
    And to all the Thai’s affected by the floods and really to the whole country, I’m sorry for your losses, I’m sorry for what’s happened to you all. And I wish you the best of luck in rebuilding your country into the beautiful place that it truly is.
    To all the Koreans who are ashamed, I understand why you would be, but please remember that many other idols have made mistakes as well, and they’ve gotten a second chance which is something I hope you’ll consider for Block B, because I think they will honestly become better people both by themselves and as a group and be able to represent Korea in the way the Korea should be represented.
    And to ex-fans, it’s fine to leave, but let’s not leave with insults, okay? And if you were a “true fan” you would have understood this, known it was wrong, but stayed with them anyway. But seeing them all on stage performing their hardest, without any smiles, it breaks my heart.

    Sorry this was so long, all of this had to come out somewhere. D:
    I hope no one’s offended by what I’ve said, because I’ve tried my hardest not to be, but I guess no matter what anyone says, someone will always find something wrong with it, but if I have offended you, I apologise in advance D:

  3. Yes,the interview WAS worded wrong.When Zico replied with “$7” and the members laughed.They were laughing at how little money Zico had,not about the flood.If this is how korean netizens react, I am TRULY disappointed.Block B has been wronged.seeing other ppl being wronged pisses me off the most.I hope that they get through this and keep their immature and enthusiastic image.

    FOR THE RECORD: 2pm needs to butt out.I’m very certain tht if they didn’t comment, the issue would not have grown to this extent. How abt Nickhun and his Japan scandal???Noone went crazy over tht.Block B did nothing wrong and 2pm has lost a fan while block B has and will gain many.

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